Book Review: The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

Comforting Family Recipes to Enjoy and Share

Publisher: Rockridge Press (May 16, 2017)

188 pages

Cookbooks/Cast Iron

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Finally, a cast iron cookbook that does with cast iron what cast iron does best—cook delicious Southern food as timeless as the skillet itself.

What’s not to love about cast iron? It’s versatile. It lasts forever. And most of all, it can cook just about anything. But at its core, cast iron does its best work with Southern fare.

No one knows that better than North Carolina native Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, whose culinary roots extend as far into the foothills as they do into Southern cooking. Armed with a collection of skillets both new and old and a love for Southern food, Elena has demonstrated time and time again that cast iron cooking isn’t one way to cook—it is the way.

The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook offers Elena’s heirloom recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. This cast iron cookbook also serves as a reflection of the past and the future of Southern cooking. So whether you’re new to cast iron cooking or you’re a “seasoned” veteran, with The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook you’ll enjoy:

  • 100 Southern recipes that include beloved staples and new classics alike—along with beloved family stories of real Southern living
  • Handy labels specify which type of cast iron the recipe calls for—and all recipes require only a small assortment of cast iron cookware
  • Time-tested tips for getting the most out of your cast iron, new or vintage, as well as instructions for cast iron restoration

From fried green tomatoes to skillet corn bread, The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook honors the story of Southern cooking right along with the Southern cook’s most prized kitchen possession—the cast iron skillet.

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REVIEW

Recipes look doable with basic ingredients that you would find in a local grocery store. Nice size book with good layout. 100 recipes with personalized notes for each one. There are buying tips, Do’s and Don’ts, how to season your skillet, and basic information.  Going through this cookbook, you get the feeling that the author does indeed love and uses her cast iron skillets.

Reviewer side note: One of the benefits of cast iron is that they are built to last and outlast many owners (when treated well). I have my great-grandmothers skillet and my grandmothers One of my constant recipes I use the skillet for is New Year’s Day dinner for Yorkshire Pudding which is a family heirloom recipe. I don’t use the skillets as often as I should and with this book I can see me using them more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELENA ROSEMOND-HOERR was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Her familial roots in North Carolina’s foothills and mountains reach back to the early colonies―and she has the heirloom cast iron to prove it. In 2008 she created the Southern food blog Biscuits and Such that started her down a path that would include writing cookbooks and magazine features, and an unexpected career studying and contributing to Southern food culture.

 


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